How to Deal with a Know-it-All

Your words of wisdom shan't go unacknowledged!

Your words of wisdom shan’t go unacknowledged!

Do you have a know-it-all in your life? Maybe it’s your mother, your son or, like me, it’s your husband. Perhaps you are the know-it-all. If so, and you want your relationships to work, I suggest you forward this on to your loved ones.

More than just a Know-it-all – Living with someone who has know-it-all tendencies is annoying, to say the least.  The unsolicited should’ves and would’ves are aggravating, frustrating and not even remotely helpful.  But, as we all know, a person comes as a package and we have to appreciate the good and make the most of the bad. Luckily my know-it-all hubby is also gorgeous and kind.  He is (and will be the first to say it) a fantastic cook, too.   But most importantly, he has a great sense of humour, which goes a long way in our house.

The Mini Trophy – This is how I cope with his pushy words of wisdom: whenever my hubby reckons he’s an expert (and he does reckon because he’s British), I present him with, what I fondly and sarcastically refer to as, a mini trophy. The mini trophy is an imaginary award approximately 6 inches high. There’s a surplus of them in my pocket at all times and a few in my purse. They really do come in handy.

The Ceremony – The mini trophy presentation is quick and straight to the point. I just reach into my pocket (it’s so convenient), pull one out and perform a brief ceremony.  Using my finest primary school teacher expression, (it’s all in the eyes) and in the voice of a therapist, I say something like:

Thank you so much for those life-altering words of wisdom.  I appreciate you taking the time to offer such insight and I feel compelled to honour you with…this well deserved mini trophy.

Most of the time, he is speechless and I relish in the silence.

The End Result- “Ahhhhhhhhhh”  That’s the sound of me, basking in my own glory.

He really is building up a nice collection though; always the overachiever.  I’m just glad they’re small and invisible or we’d be living in the clutter of his know-how.

Now, it’s your turn.  Get those trophies out and start presenting them. You won’t regret it.

 And, if you do present a mini trophy, I’d LOVE to hear about it!

This post was originally published on BLUNTmoms.


2 thoughts on “How to Deal with a Know-it-All

  1. Hahahaha….. Yes us British are awesome at this. Me not so much. My step-dad, yep. Our relationship is so much better now that there is a body of water between us. We can actually hold a decent well meaning conversation over the phone. The best was the first time he came to visit us here in the USA, and we were driving,and my hubs was telling him historical points, and he kept saying “yep, yep, and yeah and then repeating it like it was his own” He has never been to the USA!!!! Hehe…

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